14805 Jeffrey Rd #D
Irvine, CA 92618
$ (under $15)
Sat, 01/16/2016, 5:30pm Walk-in
On these rare cold, winter evenings in Southern California, I often crave for some comfort food. The feeling of something warm in my tummy generally makes me a very happy person. Fortunately in Irvine, there sits a restaurant that has since franchised straight from Taiwan. Known for their spicy beef noodle soup, A&J Restaurant is the epitome of comfort food.
A&J Restaurant contains a plethora of various noodle dishes. The décor has since been revamped to something a bit more modern since its opening over 15 years ago. And as for the wait time, expect a long one. The eatery is definitely a popular pick amongst Irvinians (if that is even a word).
|CHINESE STYLE FRIED CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP ($8.55): The chicken that comes on the side is delicious. It's crispy and moist and reminds me of the Chinese fried pork chop but with chicken as the protein instead.|
|These are the noodles that come with the fried chicken noodle soup. The noodles are chewy but the broth itself is pretty bland. I think this would be perfect for anyone who is feeling under the weather.|
|SCALLION PANCAKE ($3.95): These pancakes were super dense and crispy. They were good but for $3.95, I'd rather just buy a frozen version and cook it on the stove myself (or make them on my own).|
Overall, A&J Restaurant delivers authentic Taiwanese cuisine without putting a dent in your wallet. It is affordable and tasty. There are a number of noodle soups I still have yet to try, but I always find myself going back to the beef noodle soup that they are known for. The only downfall is that their locations are in Asianville or the OC. Tip: It's cash only so bring those dollar bills with you!
Notable dishes: Spicy Beef Tendon Noodle Soup